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§ This comic about the minimum wage by Sam Wallman If They Could Pay Us Less, They Would The Minimum Wage is Under Attack was in heavy rotation on my feeds yesterday. It’s detailed and heartfelt.

§ This “perky, self helpy” illustrated thing from Brightside called 10 Illustrations Showing How Creative People See the World was also in heavy rotation, and heavy mockery because according to this, when you’re creative you become a hallucinatory racist who sits in a teepee and sees unicorns everywhere. Seriously, WTAF???? I fancy myself as a bit of a “creative” and I DO NOT SEE UNICORNS.

§ Noelle Stevenson just got an adorable kitten and is tweeting the HECK out of it. Catch it while it’s cute! Stevenson also posted this piece to Tumblr about being part of a cartooning couple.

§ Iron Circus Comics, the company run by Spike Trotman, is now distributed by Consortium, which also distributes Uncivilized, Koyama Press, Secret Acres and many other cool kids. Trotman wrote a little about it in a series of tweets; as one of the original “I’ll sell these books out of my living” room comics evangelists, it’s an interesting transition.

§ G Willow Wilson was profiled in The New Yorker, which is the highest honor you can get in print, I guess.

Late last month, the writer G. Willow Wilson was at home, in Seattle, on a self-imposed Twitter break; she was one chapter away from finishing her second novel, a historical fantasy about a young girl on a quest to find a mythical king of birds in Andalusia. At the end of the day, she logged on to the social network to find her mentions flooded with links to an interview with David Gabriel, a senior vice-president at Marvel Entertainment, on the Web site ICv2. Wilson is the latest writer to take on Ms. Marvel, a hero first conceived, in 1968, as a white woman named Carol Danvers. In Wilson’s version of the comic, launched in 2014, Ms. Marvel is a Pakistani-American teen-age girl from Jersey City named Kamala Khan.

§ Much better than the Fyre Festival, even tiny Prince Edward Island has a comic con, and here’s a little con report:

I was in Canada’s smallest province this week for non Graphic Policy related reasons, when I found out that there was a small, single evening convention with a handful of local creators held at the Confederation library. Being the comics fan I am, and with rain and drizzle threatening all day, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and seek refuge from the weather within the small con whilst getting a brief glimpse into the local comics scene.

§ Alenka Figa from Women Write About Comics went to C2E2 and mostly had a great time. But she also has some solid suggestions for access and programming.

It’s been several years since I went to a convention as big as C2E2, and I have to admit: I was a bit nervous. Massive crowds are not my favorite thing, and I remember walking and walking and being in lines and walking more from the anime conventions I attended in high school. (I bet you have a strong idea of what kind of teen I was after reading that sentence!) Cons are also an exhausting experience for us introverts, which I am sure will surprise no one now that we’ve all taken ten thousand buzzfeed quizzes about our Myers-Briggs types. Because of all these reservations I didn’t think C2E2 was going to be awesome, but dear readers? It was awesome.


Figa had a hard time finding signage at C2E2, but part of the problem is that McCormick Place is built on a scale for Fomorians or maybe Paul Bunyan. I mean to say: it’s titanic. In my own, unfinished, con report, I mention this quite a bit – you literally walk for miles from panel room to exhibit hall.

§ ICv2 is looking at the growth of kids comics with charts and graphs and everything. ICv2 also has a paywalled “pro” section now, currently in beta, and that’s probably the best way to keep comics business reporting alive.

§ Latonya Pennington wroteAn Open Letter To Marvel Comics for Black Girl Nerds and you can probably guess what its about, but its heartfelt and has solid, sensible suggestions for how Marvel can win back their audience.

If you want to keep me and others buying your comics, then I have suggestions for what you can do to get out of the hole you’ve dug yourself into. First, hire more marginalized creators, because they would breathe new life into your comics on the page and on the screen. Creators like Tee Franklin, Taneka Stotts, Jamal Campbell, and Eric Dean Seaton are just a few comic creators that have made great work and should have their talent known by the world.

§ San Diego Comic Con is only 79 days away. Hoteloween and Badge-o-ween have passed, only the parking lottery remains. Kerry Dixon has a good checklist of what’s happening this month in con prep, although she did not mention chugging Xanax for anxiety.

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  1. Apparently being “creative” means you act like a manchild/womanchild Disney Princess and never actually create anything.

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